Puzzled Logic for Young Thinkers!

June 3rd, 2019

It’s Monday, June 3, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

AIMS Puzzle Corner

AIMS Education Foundation (Activities Integrating Math and Science) offers hundreds of free math puzzles and activity pages designed to give students a fun way to develop divergent thinking, practice math skills, learn persistence, and be creative.)

Designed for classroom use, these puzzles can be used at home as well – and are intended for use OFFLINE. The puzzles “have not been assigned a grade level because the ability to do a puzzle varies more by individual than by grade.” When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of puzzle categories. Choose from the menu on the left side bar:

• Arrangement Puzzles – Move manipulatives or rearrange items according to specific rules.
• Dissection Puzzles – Assemble geometric shapes to form larger figures, or break them into smaller figures.
• Divergent Thinking Puzzles – Think in ways that defy typical assumptions.
• Logic Puzzles – Make sense of paradoxes, move items safely across divides, or complete challenges according to specific rules.
• Miscellaneous Puzzles – Paradoxes, games, magic cards, and more.
• Number Puzzles – Arrange numbers according to specific rules, look for patterns, or manipulate them to get different solutions.
• Toothpick Puzzles – Move, rearrange, and/or remove toothpicks to reach desired outcomes.
• Topological Puzzles – Explore geometric properties not affected by changes in size and shape.
• Visual Puzzles – Explain why optical illusions and visual paradoxes work.

Click on a category and a new page opens listing the puzzles and at the very bottom of the puzzle you can click the arrow to view the solution.

Free Interactive Math Games

May 13th, 2019

It’s Monday, May 13, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

HoodaMath

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

HoodaMath.com is an ad-supported website that offers over 1,000 math games to learn and practice basic math skills for kindergarten through high school.

When you get to the site, you can choose one of the featured games or you can scroll down to see:

• Math Games by Subject – Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Integers, Algebra

Notice that the games can be sorted by game style as well – such as games that require the player to escape, shop, grow, etc.

You’ll also find links to some animated math “movies” and math tutorials that provide instruction in Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Percent, Integers, Order of Operations, Algebra, and Geometry designed for grades 3-8. The videos are meant to be entertaining, but may seem silly to more mature kids.

To find the movies and tutorials, along with math tests and math manipulatives, scroll to the menu at the bottom of the home page.

IMPORTANT: Every game is free to play but is accompanied by a randomly generated advertisement. As always, parents should preview the website and supervise all Internet access.

Practice Math with Games

April 8th, 2019

It’s Monday, April 8, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Play Kids Games

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

At this website, you’ll find a variety of fun, interactive games designed to help kids learn and practice their math skills.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that include:

• Space Shuttle Launch: You choose whether to work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a random assortment of them all. You also get to choose your level: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Every time you answer a math question correctly, you get to watch your rocket ship launch successfully and reach the moon.
• Save the Math Apples: Answer the math questions correctly and the monkey can get the apples safely across the river. One misstep, though, and the hungry crocodile gets a snack!
• Seahorse Counting: Count the seahorses and click on the correct corresponding number. Great for young children learning to recognize their numbers.
• Robot Calculator: Type in the correct answers to the math questions that appear on the calculator screen to make your robot very happy.
• Math Pinball: Shoot the ball and hit it with the paddles; watch it bounce all around inside the pinball machine. Each time the pinball successfully ricochets off the components of a math question, you need to answer it correctly before you can continue the game. Complete with sound effects.
• Math Tunnel Blaster: Shoot the correct answers to make your way through the walls and through the tunnel.
• Calculator Quizzer: The questions appear vertically (in the Robot Calculator they appear horizontally).

But that’s not all! There are other subjects available at this site. Just click on the button of your choice at the top including:

• Alphabet
• Memory
• Vocabulary
• Geography
• Arts

And more!

Secret agent math game

March 18th, 2019

It’s Monday, March 18, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Villainy, Inc.

Age Range: 10-14 (Grades 5-9, with parental supervision)

Use your math skills to save the world from the evil Dr. Wick! (Younger students may find this game motivational and fun, if there is someone nearby to explain how to do the problems.)

When you get to this website you’ll see the evil villain, Dr. Wick. who is plotting to take over the world. You are a secret agent and your assignment is to foil his plan by using your math skills in each of two missions. (Turn on your speakers to hear the villainous conspiracy as it unfolds; captions also appear at the bottom of the screen.)

Before embarking on the interactive missions, you must read the biographies of five secret agents and select two to accompany you. You might have to rely on them for hints from time to time, so choose carefully!

Here are just a few of the things you will practice:

• Figure out what you will need to do in order to solve a problem.
• Use a calculator to multiply and divide large numbers.
• Figure out the area of a rectangle.
• Basic operations of fractions, decimals, and percents (add, subtract, multiply, divide).
• Round to the nearest whole number.
• Find the mean of a few numbers.
• Label a graph, plot points, and interpret the graph.

Fortunately, you can get cryptic hints along the way, and most of the time you can redo each problem as many times as it takes to get the correct answer.

For a complete list of the skills covered, complete text of the script, a vocabulary list, supplementary worksheets, and even a teacher’s manual, see the section for teachers.

And for even more helpful tips you can use at home, see the section for families!

Peregrine Falcons: From Egg to Flight

March 12th, 2019

It’s Tuesday, March 12, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Cyberbee: Peregrine Falcons

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

This website is an archive of free educational content that includes fantastic curriculum ideas and web projects for all subjects. This review features ONE of the many terrific resources as an introduction to Cyberbee.com – and it’s all about Peregrine Falcons.

When you get to the site you will find a brief introduction in the center of the page followed by a listing of up-to-date and current web-based resources for learning all about Peregrine Falcons including:

• Falcon Banding – Learn all about scientific bird banding used to track peregrine falcons as part of preservation and conservation programs.
• Falcon Facts – Get the 4-1-1 on peregrine biology, migration and much more from the best scientific resources on the Net.

You can also virtually visit some peregrine falcon nests all over the U.S. through live cameras that are trained on the nests.

Back on the home page, on the left sidebar, get ideas for how to incorporate subjects like math, science, language arts, social studies, and technology (aligned with national curriculum standards) into the study of peregrine falcons.

On the right sidebar, explore the links to free lessons and activities that include some free, downloadable and printable materials and worksheets to help your students conduct a web-based scavenger hunt, record research information and make science observations, learn new vocabulary, and use math skills.

This is an excellent cross-curricular unit study that you can use whole or in part to boost your children’s knowledge.

When you are through, use the menu at the top of the page to explore the many other curriculum ideas, research tools, treasure hunts, web projects, and web links that Cyberbee offers on this site. Bookmark it – it’s an amazing resource intended for classroom teachers that homeschoolers can easily use regardless of methodology.

Math Card Games

February 25th, 2019

It’s Monday, February 25, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Positive Engagement Project – Mathematics

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

This website created and maintained by The Positive Engagement Project has so much to offer! Their mission is to get students positively engaged in active learning, while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.

Today we are focusing on Math, but once you’ve looked at this valuable resource, go to the “Free Downloads” link and see the vast array of quality learning games and strategies that they’ve put together for English Language Arts, Science, Engagement Strategies, Test Review/Strategies, and Character Education.

When you get to the site, you’ll see it is full of wonderful math selections. Check out the file called Acing Math: (One Deck at a Time!). Download it to find that it’s actually a 69-page book (pdf)! The website explains that this is a collection of math games ranging from kindergarten to the upper elementary grades, using only an ordinary deck of playing cards. There are games covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents, decimals, patterns, positive and negative integers, as well as many others – over 60 different games with directions and illustrations! Each game tells you how many players are needed, an age range, the materials needed, which math skills are learned playing this game, and very specific instructions to play.

Bookmark this website and return often to take advantage of all that they offer!